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October 2011

Mark Garro

Mark Garro“Through technology and the machinations of modern society we have lost touch with our soul. Interpersonal searching and coming to grips with yin and yang will ultimately create a balance. Man, whose existential ability to reason, has confused and lost his path by relying on logic, when he only needs to refer to his heart and soul."

Mark Garro is a painter whose work poses and answers a myriad of questions about Time, Evolution, Spiritualism and the Cosmos. He asks us not to just indulge his reality, but to also define our own. So treat your eyes, stimulate your mind, access your dream state and drink coffee at the same time. Welcome. Enjoy wandering through Garro’s alternate universe.

Iaian McKell

Iaian mckell the new gypsies Iaian McKell is a British born and educated photographer whose portrait work takes the viewer to new psychological places.

He cut his teeth working in fashion, advertising and social documentary and has worked in advertising in addition to celebrity portraiture.

But it is his off beat work like the New Gypsies, the Urban Zoo and Rockabilly that sets his work apart from teh commerical into the art.

John Brophy

John brophy John Brophy creates paintings that blend artifacts from global cultures and belief systems and juxtaposes them with the overarching affects of western consumer culture. Taking cues from the religious imagery of 15th century Flemish Primitive art, he takes their use of intimate compositions and understated gestures and reworks them using contemporary imagery to create surreal yet immediate new icons for the modern age.

Mitra Walter

Mitra Walter Mitra Walter's small, intimate portraits focus on women and children as she explores ways in which figuration can reveal contextualized perceptions of human nature.

Mitra was born in Shiraz, Iran. She received her BFA from the University of Minnesota where she concentrated in painting and sculpture. She continued her studies in Minneapolis at a traditional atelier for several years, and studied under various artists in New York and France. In 2006 she received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Mitra lives and works in New York City.


Mia Araujo

Mia araujo Mia Araujo believes that all individuals contain an inner universe within them that is invisible to the naked eye. Her work, which evokes comparisons to art nouveau and often references literary figures, concentrates on giving shape to the unseen forces within her subjects - their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. These qualities fit together to form a vast, rich inner landscape of identity and mythology for her characters.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mia has long been fascinated by stories and characters, and the multi-faceted complexity that makes each person unique.

Mia believes that all individuals contain an entire universe within them, which is invisible to the naked eye. Her work concentrates on giving shape to the unseen forces within her subjects— their thoughts, memories, emotions, and complex histories. It is these qualities that fit together to form a vast, rich inner-landscape of identity and mythology for her characters.

Mia draws inspiration from everything, but especially fairy tales, performance art, vintage photography, music, literature, animation, and world cultures.

Matt Borruso

Matt Borruso Matt Borruso has an interesting artistic process. He seeks photographs from flea markets and creates garish and strange paintings from them.

He explains, "Finding the photos that I use is one of the most important parts of my process. The search for books and photos and the development of my book collection and image archive are sort of the foundation for what I do. My biggest source is the flea market. I’ve been an avid flea market scavenger since I was a kid growing up in San Francisco. I collect books and ephemera and still love to dig around in piles of paper—comic books, old magazines, advertisements, film stills, 35mm slides, and medical books. The main thing I use these days is a lot of ordinary school portraiture—the kind of photo you would have taken for a yearbook. I try and find as many images of the same person as I can—it’s especially good if you can find pictures of people as they age. I also like to get whole photo albums if I can. These help you piece together a narrative about the lives of the people in them. There is definitely a kind of tragedy built into the photos and photo albums you find at the flea market. These priceless family memories have ended up in the garbage, and I feel that some of this sadness gets translated into the paintings. At the same time I also feel that I am giving new life to these images, bringing them back for a second chance, recycling and repurposing.

Once I have the images I usually deconstruct them pretty thoroughly and use elements from many to create a new portrait. My paintings are almost never single individuals—they are cobbled together like Frankenstein’s monster from many human parts. At the same time I mash together multiple time periods and styles for an ambiguous historical moment or maybe an imagined future."

Matt Borruso is a painter, bibliophile, and San Francisco native. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and Yale University, and his paintings have been exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami. His work has also appeared in Ante Projects Journal and Fucked Up and Photocopied: Instant Art of The Punk Rock Movement.